Category Archives: Christian Living

Unconditional Love or Unconditional Affirmation

Unconditional affirmation and unconditional love are not the same thing. To demand the former is to actually exclude the latter. Sam Allberry

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antichrist church

The cultivation of consumer spirituality is the antithesis of a sacrificial, “deny yourself” congregation. A consumer church is an antichrist church. Eugene Peterson

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Using a form of Lectio Divina for personal meditation

This is a very brief “cheat sheet” on using lectio divina in times of personal solitude with God. Summary Be alone. Prepare your heart and mind. Then: Read – Out loud? Repeat. Reflect – Think it over. What stands out? … Continue reading

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Notes from the Other Side – Jane Kenyon

I divested myself of despair and fear when I came here. Now there is no more catching one’s own eye in the mirror, there are no bad books, no plastic, no insurance premiums, and of course no illness. Contrition does … Continue reading

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Alan Jacobs’ “The Politics of Long Joy”

Alan Jacobs has re-cycled an excellent essay he wrote ten years ago as a column for the late lamented Books & Culture. He found what he had to say then particularly apropos to the present day. I don’t recall reading … Continue reading

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Advent Calendars

I’m writing this on November 25. There is just enough time to get an Advent calendar to use for yourself or with your children to work your way through the Christmas season with daily reminders of what it means to … Continue reading

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Asking the Wrong Question: Can a person come to God through general revelation?

Often, theologians divide revelation into general and special, and mean by “general” what can be known of God through nature. By “special” they essentially mean biblical revelation or at least the explicit gospel. So the question comes down to “can … Continue reading

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Love is the Hardest Lesson in Christianity

Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it. —William Penn

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Growth and Asking Questions

I heard Jeffrey Greenman, President of Regent College say, in a talk on ethics: You grow in the direction of what you ask questions about. My corollary: It’s when I think I’ve got it figured out that I stop asking … Continue reading

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Trustworthiness

Quoting Miroslav Volf: We are in a major crisis of legitimacy and trust. No better time to renew commitment to trustworthiness, as individuals and communities. Well said.

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